If you’re visiting Maine you’ll find seafood menus around the state showcasing lobster and oysters, and there’s no better place to eat the latter than Portland’s Eventide Oyster Bar.
Here at this non-stop-crowded bar you’ll find mounds of oysters displayed over ice on a counter cut from rugged granite. And if you’re not into oysters, the brown butter lobster roll is to die for. It’s a menu favorite served warm and lathered in butter!
What to Expect at Eventide
Eventide offers a friendly contemporary atmosphere, with open windows, and a helpful, friendly staff. It exudes that homey happy-hour kind of feel and offers a selection of oysters that are delicate, tasty, and perfectly briny.
The drink menu features a tasty assortment of mixed drinks as well as local brews and non-alcoholic beverages. Other menu items include seafood combinations and that famous lobster roll. Choices can be paired with fresh oyster salad, completing your experience for a delicious meal that’s not too heavy.
Oysters are served up with traditional condiments like cocktail sauce or mignonette, and for those with a more adventurous palate there are inventive ices flavored with blasts of cucumber and ginger or kimchi.
And for dessert, don’t miss the wild Maine blueberry pie with a flavor that’s more intense than their plumper cousins.
New England Clam Bake
For those who want to dig in and get their hands dirty with a classic New England clam bake, Eventide serves up steamers, mussels, lobster tail, potatoes, salt pork and a hard-boiled egg nestled into a bed of rock seaweed.
This place is popular so expect a wait. If you want to avoid the lines, try visiting mid-week in the afternoon between lunch and dinner. Chances are you’ll be able to walk right in.
If you decide to visit when they’re busy, it will be worth the wait. The Eventide menu changes daily, so be sure to check out their website for more information.
Photo credits: Arlene Smith